Best Human Are Vegetarien

by Valerie on September 9, 2015 - 11:22pm

2.6 million years ago, the first major evolutionary change in the human diet happened. The arrived of meat in our daily intake of food had many consequences for the evolution of our species. First, humans were eating meat to survive when other resources were not easily available (example, in the winter). Meat was providing them a good source of energy. Time passed and meat became the major part of our plate, making the vegetables and others the "side-dishes". Meat became a symbol of wealth, where eating flesh of animal was considered as a privilege that not everyone could afford. But now, our plate always contains meat, regardless of all the sacrifices that it demand. The problem is that people do not realize the error of our carnivorous ways.

Will we are looking for a way to reduce our impact on the earth, the solution is there, right in front of us, but we ignore it because it would cause too much changes in our daily lives, for us, "humans that place their self above everything". An article of the American Humanist Association that I found very interesting, named "Why Vegan Priorities are Humanist Priorities", highlights how people who eat meat prefer to close their eyes toward the illogical fact that we kill living being for our own convenience. For Humanists, it is obvious that such habits depends on your belief. Let me explain; if an individuals believes in God, believes in the fact that God gave us dominion over all lesser species to do with as we please (sell, torture, sacrifice, keep, kill, etc.) this person's values will be in agreement with the behaviour of eating meat everyday. Whereas someone who believes that God's creations (animals, sea, forest etc.) should be treated as living being with rights might not have the values to have a a dead animal in their plate for their own pleasure. Inflecting pain to an individual can not be considered. Humanists, based on the fact that we have to behave good with or without God, that we have to based ourselves on compassion, reason and hope. Creating our owns values and ethics. Understand that animals feel pain and fear, just like we do. Humanist assume that we should oppose to torture and cruelty to animals, since they do not deserve this.

Humanist believe in equality, aiming the best of both worlds. Stop consumming meat would be good for the earth, for our consciousness, for our health and especially for animals. They have rights just like we do. Why humans have to be so hierarchic? Putting themselves over everything, assuming that the world belongs to them. Assuming that other living beings are only there to satisfy their desire. I strongly believe, sadly, that we are the worst species on this planet. Destroying our own resources in order to fuel the insatiable consumption. Someday, somehow, the planet will no longer hold our attitude and it will be the end. Fortunately, human, just like humanists, is a progressive philosophy. It is not too late to make a change and reconsidered what is moral and acceptable. Our eyeglasses can be improved in the futur. We can reject dogmatic tradition, and focus to creat a better futur on earth.

We should always try to be the best humans we can be; not asserting human dominance by killing animals for our desire it one of the basis.

 

"It is not your right—based on YOUR traditions, YOUR customs and YOUR habits—to deny animals THEIR freedom so you can harm them, enslave them and kill them. That’s not what rights are about. That’s injustice."
 
Torpy, Jason. "Why Vegan Priorities Are Humanist Priorities." American Humanist Association. Humanist Network News, 15 June 2015. Web. 09 Sept. 2015.

Comments

"Time passed and meat became the major part of our plate, making the vegetables and others the "side-dishes" "
In my opinion, this sentence is an unreliable statistics, there is no exact research can prove it.

It is true that this statement is not supported by any research or statistics. Actually, I did this quickly and I use my own knowledge from Canadian food culture where meat is in most dish and take pride of place.

Hi, I read your text and I think there might be a fallacy in it when you say:
"Let me explain; if an individuals believes in God, believes in the fact that God gave us dominion over all lesser species to do with as we please (sell, torture, sacrifice, keep, kill, etc.) this person's values will be in agreement with the behaviour of eating meat everyday" .
I think that might be a false dilemma because personnally, I believe that you can respect animals yet still eat meat, and it doesn't necessarely have anything to do with your religious beliefs. Maybe I just misunderstood but I just wanted to let you know that this sentence could be interpreted as a fallacy.

The religious belief example was only used in the purpose of my cours: The Humanist Tradition. Where we have to discuss about beliefs and values so I thought that I could use the example of religious belief since it is true that in certain religion some people, for example in Christianity, believe that "God required animal sacrifices to provide a temporary covering of sins and to foreshadow the perfect and complete sacrifice of Jesus Christ". But again, I do not think that everyone one who have religious beliefs share this way of thinking.
Besides, I was eating meat too in the past years and being an animal lover, I thought that I was respecting animals even though I was eating meat. Until the day I started to follow "Mercy for animals". Since then, I looked their articles, videos and arguments to be vegan. Also, I did some research about how the animals were traited in some farms and slaughterhouse. In short, I came up with the conclusion that if I do not want to support this lack of respect for the animals' rights, I had to stop giving my money to this commerce. Maybe vegans will make a difference, maybe not, but the importance is that I know that I am not contributing to their death, because I do not creat any demand for meat.
Thank you for your comment

It's pretty funny how saying "I ate a hamburger" and "I ate the processed meat of a dead cow" mean the same thing, but get very different reactions out of people. I don't quite understand how humanism relates to our diets, but by using terms like "dead animal in your plate" it really just seems like you (or whoever else's idea this is) are trying to guilt-trip people into not eating meat rather than making them actually want to eat vegetarian. And what about certain cultures that respect every part of the animal that they eat, using the furs as clothing and bones as tools. They have "dead animal[s] in their plate" too, but they most certainty give that animal full respect.

I believe that if people saw the terrible ways in which animals are treated by factory farms and the food industry in general, they would be more inclined to consider, if not quitting meat consumption, alternative sources for their meat. The problem is that no one sees what is being done to animals, all they see is a pound of beef on a refrigerated platter. although i disagree with your assertion that being a vegetarian makes some one a better human, i think that with the right education most if not all will choose to switch.

your essay was a good read

I like how your post is focused on the humanist side of things and begins by explaining how human started to eat meat, but I think that you’re using pity instead of reason to convince the readers that we should stop eating meat. For example, instead of describing someone’s meal that includes meat, you describe it as “having a dead animal in their plate.” Also, in your statement about how someone’s belief in God will affect his stance on the matter, you says that either someone is going to be in favor of eating of eating meat or against it, which is a contradiction in the premise. You have a good point in stating the ethical and humanist side of things, but the whole argument is lacking factual support, it makes it hard to make connections between the premises in your post. Overall, I think that your article has a lot of potential, but to give some seriousness to it you might want to put you opinion and emotions aside while writing it.

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